Our very own usher Phyllis Wezeman, in conjunction with her organization: Malawi Matters and Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program, is having a special event this Wednesday (11/9) in DeBartolo Hall (not our building!). The groups will be hosting a talk with an important figure in Malawi, Africa: Chief Theresa Kachindamoto. If interested, please feel free to attend (of course, unless you’re committed to a shift here!)
Here is the info:
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
DeBartolo Hall Room 101 / University of Notre Dame
Free and open to the public
5:00 p.m. Displays
6:00 p.m. Program/Talk with Q & A
7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
Chief Kachindamoto became the Senior Traditional Authority to more than 900,000 people in the Dedza District of the southeastern country of Malawi, Africa thirteen years ago. She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands. Since Chief Kachindamoto could not persuade parents to change their views, she ordered her fifty subchiefs to abolish early marriage and annul existing unions. As of 2016, she has managed to have over 850 early marriages annulled and sent boys and girls back to school. Her actions have brought her international recognition and the nickname “the terminator of child marriages.” During her visit to the University of Notre Dame, Chief Kachindamoto will share her story and advocate for education and opportunities for advancement for boys and girls.
We wish Phyllis much success for her event!